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One more thing! (archive)

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Posted by Bob ///M3 on June 22, 2000 at 07:23:50:

In Reply to: thanx a million ! posted by M3 EVO on June 21, 2000 at 17:57:42:

One more thing I failed to mention or at least didn't make clear enough and emphasize.

The higher the rpm you shift at the smoother or less jerky the transition between the lower gears will be. This doesn't mean you need to accelerate quickly or go fast, it just means you need to raise the rpms slowly to an rpm of at least 3,000 rpms and preferably 4,000 rpms before shifting instead of only maybe 2,500 rpms.

I have found that shifting (while driving easy or normal) around 4,000 rpms is usually perfect for a nice smooth transition between first and second and then second and third gears. The higher gears don't present the potential jerky problem that the lower gears sometimes do. The higher gears are naturally smoother.

Try shifting at about 4,000 rpms until you get close to the maintained speed you want. And if you're in heavy, slow traffic, you can take as long as you want getting to that 4,000 rpms in any gear!

Bob ///M3

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